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Photography Workshop
in Paris

Agence VU'
& Le Bec en l'Air Editions

How to layout one's photographic work: from portfolio to self-publication

5, 6, 7 December 2014
To learn how to select from one's photographs and to organize them in a meticulous layout, is today more important than ever to show one's work. The current renewed interest in photo-books is a proof of a need to apprehend images in a clear and definite form: nowadays, when the digital flow is omni-present, a true proposition of a reading of the world is sought after.
However, this stage of selection and laying out of the photographer's work can be intricate, even for the professionals. Very often one has to part with images he or she is attached to, in order to re invent a story very different from the one he lived during the shooting of the images. The intention and the form become clearer further to many meticulous choices.
During this workshop, 3 specialists from the world of the image will help you to bring out the essence of your work, and will work with you on the laying out of what could become a portfolio or a a self-published book. The rules for an edition/ layout (size, lay-out, relation between text and image) will be presented in details, as one of many tools to reveal the narrative strength of your images.

Information and Programm

Workshop supervisor
Fabienne Pavia & Dominique Herbert (Le Bec en l’Air Editions), and Patricia Morvan (Agence VU’)

Dates and location
5, 6, 7 December 2014
- Friday 5: from 2pm till 8pm
- Saturday 6: from 10am till 8pm
- Sunday 7: from 10am till 6pm
Agence & Galerie VU', Hôtel Paul Delaroche, 58 rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris FRANCE

Introduction to the printed medium: presentation of the principles of graphic design and editing.

Work on the photographs of the participants:
- Editing: selection and constitution of series or groups of photographs.
- Construction of a narrative: How to choose a story. How to choose a narrative form.

Theoretical modules (optional):
- Economic, legal and distribution aspects of publishing.
- Image processing techniques for printing.

Realisation of initial layout based on the work of the participants.

Participants must bring:
- One or two subjects in the form of prints (minimum format A5 - laser copies, work prints accepted).
- A laptop computer if possible.

Tuition fee
- Full price : 490 euros.
- Concession (unemployed, students and under 25) : 390 euros.

Informations & inscriptions
Mathias Nouel / +33 (0)1 53 01 85 84 /


Patricia Morvan (Agence VU')
After having studied archiving and journalism, Patricia Morvan has worked as a photo editor for the daily "Liberation" than for the group "Bayard Presse". She joined Agence VU' in 1992 in the archive department, to then become head of cultural projects and exhibitions. Her daily task is to follow the Agency's photographer in their projects and the conception of their photographic work, by bringing her expertise in the field of cultural organizations.

Fabienne Pavia (Le Bec en l'Air Editions)
She was a journalist in the magazine industry before becoming a publisher. She first worked as a free-lance author and publisher for several companies (Seuil, Time-Life, Solar…), and then founded "Le Bec en l'Air" in 2001, in Marseille; a publisher specialized in photography, which today has over a hundred title in its catalogue.

Dominique Herbert (Le Bec en l'Air Editions)
He was trained as an architect, and after having worked over twenty years in this field, he re converted as a graphic designer and is today in charge of the lay-out and graphic design of the books from "Le Bec en l'Air", as well as the manufacturing of the books (pre-press, photo-engraving, following-up of the process…)

General Terms

Limited to a maximum of 12 people.

You can receive a pre-enrollement form by contacting:
Mathias Nouel / +33(0)1 53 01 85 84 /
This latter will have to be sent - at the latest - 15 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. It must be accompanied by a postal check OR a bank transfert* of 50% of the total fee, and addressed to the order of: Agence VU’.

Final enrollement
Once the Agency receive the form, your enrollement to the workshop will be confirmed by email. Then, you will be requested to pay the rest of the amount due within 10 days before the beginning of the workshop.
* the potential bank fees are in charge of the participant

Reproduction and diffusion autorisation
The workshop participant authorizes Agence VU’ to reproduce and distribute:
- Any photographs of him or her taken during the workshop.
- The photographs and that have been chosen in a common agreement with the course leader.

These images will be used as documents in the framework of any communication material to advertise the workshops (on varied aid; internet, paper…). The participant renounce to ask for any compensation if any of her or his images were to be used in the communication of the workshops.

To be able to be reimbursed, the participant needs to notify, at the latest 10 days prior to the workshop, the agency. After this deadline, no reimbursement will be possible, unless in a case of major problem.

Workshop cancelation
Agence VU' reserves the right to cancel a workshop. In case of a cancelation, Agence VU will propose, in agreement with the concerned people, the possibility to take part in another workshop. In case no solution can be found, Agence VU will reimburse the fees to the participants.

Information & subscriptions

Mathias Nouel
+33(0)1 53 01 85 84



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